The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has actually thrown his weight behind the revival of the National Principals’ Cup competition, saying it is a nationwide asset for building the character of future leaders and uniting the nation.

He revealed that he played in both the Headmasters and Principals’ Cup in his main and secondary school days. The emperor declared that the experience contributed to making him what he is today.

The Ooni offered his commitment to the success of the continuous revival of the occasion in Ile Ife on Monday when a delegation of the Organising Committee led by the Director of Grassroots Sports at the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr Ademola Are, paid him a courtesy call to seek his royal true blessings.

“The reason that I am delighted today is that I played in the Headmasters Cup and I played in the Principals’ Cup. They are the best possessions to cultivate the subconscious nature or mind of the typical Nigerian youth. It is extremely crucial that you are bringing the Principals’ Cup back. It will fix idleness, it will resolve youth unemployment. It will provide chance for a lot of people to show their talent. I am a living statement.

“The Principals’ Cup was among the biggest programmes arrange by the Federal Government. It goes round every corner. The devotion and commitment from all corners was a lot. That time there was extremely couple of criminal activity rate because you are preparing the mind of the youths to be responsible. Football is everything about duty. You must be accountable with the ball you are holding and careful not to lose it to the challenger. So, mentally, you are preparing future generations that must be responsible.

“It takes care of the children from ages 12 to 17 years much of whom today do not understand that there is a programme that brings them together.

Let us use this programme to unite our nation and I really applaud the ministry led by Sunday Dare for the effort.

Earlier, Dr Are informed the Ooni that though the Principals’ Cup is generally a football occasion, the Minister of Sports has considered it necessary to include other sports including boxing, badminton, sports, swimming and table tennis so as to offer opportunity for youths who are talented in other sports.

Likewise speaking at the event, Tony Pemu, the Handling Director of Hideaplus, the consultancy company for the occasion, informed the Ooni that the award of one of the most Prized possession Gamer of the Principals’ Cup has been set up in his name.